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Lack of hospital equipment cause deaths

The poor state of Gauteng hospitals are causing cancer patients to die, Campaigning for Cancer said.

An abandoned wheelchair at a state hospital. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN
Ntombi Mekgwe,Gauteng hospitals in crisis,Staff shortages in Gauteng hospitals,Lauren Pretorius,Campaigning for Cancer
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JOHANNESBURG - The poor state of Gauteng hospitals is causing cancer patients to die, advocacy group Campaigning for Cancer (CFC) said on Tuesday.

The group said several patients were unable to receive treatment at state hospitals because of broken equipment.

The group's CEO, Lauren Pretorius, said the situation was getting out of hand.

“Every day that these patients are denied treatment, their cancer is growing. [This] will result in a negative outcome for them - and even death. ”

The group’s comments come days after Gauteng MEC for Health Ntombi Mekgwe announced a turnaround strategy had been implemented to ensure suppliers were paid and that health care improved.

Provincial facilities have been in the spotlight in recent months as a result of equipment shortages, a lack of staff, security concerns and payment problems.

(Edited by Thato Motaung)

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